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Valentine’s weekend events in Kent and Sussex 2022 - special ways to spend a romantic day with your loved one

With Valentine’s Day just three weeks away, it’s time to start thinking of ways to treat your loved one to an extra special experience.

From murder mysteries and tasting evenings to musical performances and illuminated light trails, there’s plenty going on in Kent and Sussex this February to choose from.

Here are some of my top picks for local ways to spend this romantic Valentine’s weekend…

January 23, 2022


Mercure Tunbridge Wells - Murder57’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Friday 11th February

Go back to the 1920s and put your sleuthing skills to the test this Valentine’s weekend as Murder57 Ltd hosts an immersive murder mystery night at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells. Enjoy a three-course meal as you follow a twisting tale of glamour and scandal to work out whodunnit.

£55 per person (includes a three-course meal)

Nymans - Ignite: Fire & Fantasy

Friday 11th February – Sunday 27th February

This February, the beautifully romantic Nymans is transformed into a magical wonderland full of fiery lanterns and enchanting illuminations. Explore the West Sussex gardens on this hour-long trail which will appeal to all the senses.

£16.50 per person for National Trust members / £24.50 per person for non-members

Balfour Winery - Balfour Dining Club

Saturday 12th February & Saturday 19th February

Indulge in an intimate four-course dining experience paired with a selection of Balfour’s award-winning wines. Hosted in the vineyard’s stunning tasting room, ‘The View’, the Balfour Dining Club will no doubt make for a very special evening.

£95 per person

Kent Cookery School - Couples Course

Saturday 12th February

Cook up a storm together at one of Kent Cookery School’s fabulous workshops. Enjoy a fun night out creating a delicious main and dessert in the kitchen to devour together later. And best of all, there’ll be no washing up!

£135 per couple

Leeds Castle - Valentine’s Dinner At The Castle

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th February

Pull out all the stops this Valentine’s weekend by escaping for a night away at one of the most beautiful, historic castles in Kent. Leeds Castle’s Valentine’s package includes an overnight stay in one of their magnificent rooms, a guided tour of the castle, reception drinks, a three-course candle-lit dinner and full breakfast the following day.

From £600 per couple

Kingscote - Valentine’s At The Vineyard

Saturday 12th February

What could be more romantic than a candle-lit afternoon of cheese and wine? Showcasing an array of premium English sparkling and still wines, paired with a wide selection of delicious artisan cheeses, visit Kingscote Estate this Valentine’s weekend for a sumptuous tasting event.

£30 per person

Kitchen Of Kent - Valentine’s Sharing Menu

Available to collect from Saturday 12th February

If you’d prefer to stay in this Valentine’s weekend, treat yourselves to one of Kitchen of Kent’s Valentine’s sharing menus. Including two starters, shared mains and desserts, as well as a bottle of wine, this month-watering menu will make for the perfect romantic night in.

£95.95 per couple

Canoe Wild - Valentine’s Paddle

Sunday 13th February

If you’re looking for something a little more active this Valentine’s weekend, then a morning of canoeing just outside of Canterbury may be for you! Enjoy a guided paddle from Fordwich to Grove Ferry, taking in the peace and tranquility of the River Stour, as well as the stunning countryside views and wildlife.

£35 per person

Salomons Estate - Valentine’s Getaway

Sunday 13th, Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th February

Escape to the magnificent Solomons Estate for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s weekend. Stay in either The Old Gatehouse or The Cottage and receive a Valentine’s hamper including a bottle of prosecco, chocolates and candle.

From £250 per night

Bluebell Railway - Golden Arrow Dining Experience

Monday 14th February

Hop aboard Sussex’s iconic Bluebell Railway to experience their spectacular four-course Golden Arrow Dining Experience. Once providing the links between London and Paris, the Golden Arrow’s carriages will transport you back in time to experience all of the style and luxury of train travel whilst enjoying fine food and wine.

£99 per person

Orchard Theatre - Come What May

Monday 14th February

Starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor alongside a host of West End stars, this ultimate tribute to Moulin Rouge! will offer an unforgettable night of dancing, dreams, adventure, and above all – love! Featuring timeless classics such as Your Song, Lady Marmalade, Roxanne and Come What May, as well as some other great musical hits, this is set to be a very fun night out at the theatre with your loved one.

£28 per person

The Plough - Valentine’s Menu

Monday 14th February

The hidden gem Bowley’s at The Plough in the beautiful village of Trottiscliffe, near West Malling, is run by chef Alex Yates who will be serving fine dining à la carte and tasting menus for Valentine’s Day. He is also making boxes of handmade chocolates for sale with flavours including Baileys, Red Hill grape, honeycomb, dark chocolate mint, salted caramel and Madeira ganache.

Tasting menu from £65 per person / £25 for a box of 16 chocolates

The Lyle - Valentine’s Menu

Monday 14th February

Created by head chef Gary Jarvis, enjoy a special five-course Valentine’s dinner at Tunbridge Wells’ atmospheric The Lyle. With their deco-inspired bar, plush velvet seats and extensive list of cocktails, there are few places more romantic – and with equally delicious food! – if you’re looking for a treat this Valentine’s Day. Dishes include beetroot cured salmon, loin of venison and apricot parfait.

£86 per person

Gulbenkian Cinema - The Royal Opera House’s Romeo & Juliet

Monday 14th February

Spend this Valentine’s Day experiencing all of the tragedy and romance of the ultimate love story as the Gulbenkian Cinema in Canterbury hosts a special screening of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as performed by The Royal Ballet. This mesmerising performance is presented by The Royal Opera House and will no doubt make for a very sophisticated Valentine’s Day evening.

£16 per person

Monday 14th February

Treat yourselves to an evening at The Tasting Rooms complete with a bottle of sparkling wine, a seafood platter and a chocolate platter to share. Located in East Grinstead, this hidden gem of a wine bar is a great place to spend a relaxed Valentine’s Day night.

£90 per couple

The Tasting Rooms - Valentine’s Day

The Small Holding - Valentine's Menu

Monday 14th February

Located down a pretty country lane in the picturesque village of Kilndown, The Small Holding is run by Green Michelin Star recipient Will Devlin and offers a sumptuous menu full of seasonal produce. With the Valentine’s menu featuring BBQ lobster tart with tomato and chili ketchup and exmoor caviar, followed by poached rhubarb, ginger cake and clotted cream ice cream, your mouth will be watering as soon as you walk through the door!

£100 per person with an optional wine flight for an additional £80

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January 23, 2022